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U.S. Coal Exports Grow in First Half of 2017

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By Editors of Power Engineering

U.S. coal exports grew 58 percent higher than in the same quarter last year, and have now increased for the second quarter in a row, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported.

EIA expects coal exports for 2017 as a whole to reach 72 million short tons, or 19 percent higher than 2016.

However, coal exports are still running well below export capacity, which was estimated to be 257 MMst in 2016. Exports from facilities in Norfolk, Virginia alone can export 84 MMst annually. As a result, there are now significant expansions of coal export facilities.

Most U.S. coal is exported from the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico, though plans for additional coal export projects elsewhere have stalled. One proposed export facility, the Millennium Bulk Terminal in Longview Washington, would develop capacity in two phases, from 28 MMst to 49 MMst. The U.S. Corps of Army Engineers will release its final environmental review later this year. 

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